DIY Tassel Rug

When my parents were cleaning out the shed they found these wonderful brown and orange coloured floral curtains. I loved the pattern so much, I figured I had to turn them into something! The heavy curtain material is perfect for a rug 🙂 Although it seems like there are a lot of steps, it was easy to make and could be finished in an evening. Now I just need to find somewhere to put it!

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You will need:
1m of a fabric that you like
2m of a cheap, thick fabric for the base
A ball of wool
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Step 1: Trim any hems off your fabric if it is second hand.

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Step 2: Cut out your base fabric so that it is a little smaller than twice the size of your patterned fabric (to make room for the hem) then fold your base fabric in half and sew the edges together.

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Step 3: Place your base fabric on top of your patterned fabric, and fold the edges of your patterned fabric onto your base fabric to make a hem. Sew the two together. Below is a step by step photos for hemming the corners. If you want extra security, you can also glue the hem together.

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Step 4: Make your tassels! I made 6 tassels for each end of my rug. Below is a step by step on how to make tassels. I wrap the wool around my hand ten times, and then slide the wool off my hands and cut. I use the loose end to tie the top of the circle of wool, and then I cut the other end of the circle of wool. Finally, I cut a seperate piece of wool and tie it around the top of the bunch. I hope that makes sense! Sew your tassels onto the rug so that the loose thread is on the underside.

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Step 5: Run the whole thing through your sewing machine, and be sure to use a wide needle and a loose tension if your fabric is heavy!

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Ta da! Here’s my new upcycled rug 🙂 What do you think? (Excuse my odd socks.) Now I just need a nice new flat of my own to put it in. And maybe some more projects to do so that I can use up the rest of the curtains. It felt great to spend some time relaxing and doing some sewing in front of the voice. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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19 thoughts on “DIY Tassel Rug

    • Thank you! With your extra piece of wool, you just do a normal overhand knot around the top of the tassel. The ends of the extra piece of wool should just then hang down and blend with the rest of the tassel – if it doesn’t you can give it a trim! I hope that helps 🙂

  1. Wow! How really clever and creative – I especially like the way the red tassels empahsise the bright colours.

  2. Great idea! I love this because it makes your print/design options almost unlimited as opposed to buying a stock rug print. Thanks for sharing! xo

  3. I love this DIY! I just love to make tassels! Definitely going to put this on the ‘must make’ list now! XXX

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